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Allure of Orchids

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The Allure of Orchids

Mark Clements  

Colour illustrations
224 pages
Publisher: National Library of Australia

    Paperback - 2013
ISBN: 9780642278074 - AU $ 34.99



For many lovers of flowers, orchids have a particular allure. Popular among gardeners, florists and nature lovers, orchids come in a huge array of shapes, sizes, and colours, and have some of the most intriguing names of any flower species — Flying Duck, Beard, Fire and Boat-lip Orchids, Doubletails, Fairy Bells, Parson’s Bands and Greenhoods. Some spend their whole lives underground while others grow high in trees. And they are the tricksters of the flower world, many mimicking the forms and smells of female insects and spiders to sexually deceive their male counterparts into pollinating the flower.

The Allure of Orchids features an essay by orchid expert Mark Clements, accompanied by a portfolio of illustrations, both historical and modern, of this alluring species. In it you will find works by around 25 artists, including the extraordinarily detailed lithographs of early botanical illustrator Ferdinand Bauer, Ellis Rowan’s beautiful paintings, the delicate watercolours of Margaret Cochrane Scott, and many more.


  • Over 140 orchid illustrations
  • Images divided into genera and species
  • Author notes accompany the images in the portfolio, with interesting historical or botanical facts
  • Ideal gift or coffee-table book

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 Plants of Central Queensland    Perth Plants    Quiver Trees, Phantom Orchids and Rock Splitters    Flora of Australia Volume 37    Orchids of East Gippsland    Plant Life on the Sandplains in Southwest Australia    Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use  


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